With an exciting line-up of eminent personalities including Michael Ondaatje, Rupi Kaur, and Anurag Kashyap, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) which begins on 25th of February is going to be an interesting and fun event! The venue is the famous Diggi Palace Hotel and it is hosting upto 250 guests till 29th of January,2018.

The list includes English novelist and author of the iconic Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team Michael Rezendes; Amy Tan, author of the widely adapted book The Joy Luck Club; 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammad Yunus; and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.             

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Several eminent Indian personalities including Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mridula Garg; award-winning Indian film director-producer Anurag Kashyap; Indian art critic, art historian, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, BN Goswamy; Indian classical dancer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Sonal Mansingh; Indian philanthropist and writer Sudha Murty are going to be present as well

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The other authors to look out for are Akhil Sharma who is a PEN/Hemingway Award winner, Sujatha Gidla, writer of “Ants among Elephants”, Tom Stoppard, winner of the David Cohen award, Pico Iyer,  British-Indian essayist and novelist. A much sought-after speaker at literary festivals and TED talks, Iyer, who has travelled widely across the world, has several notable works of nonfiction to his credit.  Manoranjan Bapari, another celebrated Bengali writer of Dalit Literature, is also an interesting personality to look forward to listening to.

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One should also look out for,Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan awardee, who is an ace Indian classical dancer. The year 2002 marked 40 years of her career, and director Prakash Jha also made a documentary on her named Sonal, which won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film. Peter Bos, who is a portrait photographer from The Netherlands. He has travelled across the world chronicling different cultures, societies and people. His stunning images of the Konyaks – a once head-hunting tribe of Nagaland known for their body tattoos – are part of Phejin Konyak’s The Konyaks Last of the Tattooed Headhunters, which was released last month.

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But, apart from this, while you’re not busy with the literature fest, you could also roam around the city and explore it to your fullest, making the most of your stay!

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